Not just books, these essential pieces of hiking equipment, keep you on track and suggest places to follow up your hike with lunch, ice cream or a frothy latte.
Loops & Lattes Hiking Guides describe some 140 loop routes that will appeal to casual walkers as well as seasoned hikers. The loops all begin and conveniently end at the same location so no need to drop a car or retrace one’s footsteps.
Ranging in length from about 3 kilometres to over 25 kilometres, each loop route is accompanied by a detailed map, precise directions, loads of colour photos, a smattering of local lore and great ideas about where to get lunch, a snack or a creamy latte.
Caledon features the picturesque Forks of the Credit, the Devil’s Pulpit, Palgrave, Belfountain, the Cheltenham Badlands and more. Cliffs, rivers, moraines and small villages, Caledon has it all.
Halton Region stretches north from Oakville and Burlington, up the cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment near Campbellville, Milton, Acton, Georgetown and Glen Williams and into the rural areas just across the border near Eden Mills, Rockwood, Erin and Terra Cotta.
Dufferin is the high county that extends from Orangeville into the Hockley Valley, Mono Cliffs Park and the hills of Mulmur. More remote, Dufferin’s deeply incised hills offer some of the best hiking in Southern Ontario.
Hamilton and Brant County
Hamilton and Brant County offer hikes to dozens of waterfalls and a whole lot more. There’s picturesque Paris, the Six Nations First Nation, the Royal Botanical Gardens, the Grand River and some of the most beautiful sections of the Niagara Escarpment.
Waterloo, Wellington & Guelph
Waterloo, Wellington & Guelph offer culturally rich hikes in an area where Octoberfest competes with horse-drawn buggies for your attention. Its largely flat trails cross rich agricultural land and follow pastoral rivers. You’ll pass through historic towns.
Collingwood, the Blue Mountains & Beaver Valley
Collingwood, the Blue Mountains & Beaver Valley combine the mighty Niagara Escarpment’s loftiest heights with a plethora of robust rivers that drain into the expansive blue of Georgian Bay. Villages dot the countryside, while larger towns offer every imaginable après-hiking experience. This is perfect hiking country.
If you live in or visit the Greater Toronto Area and the Golden Horseshoe, these Loops & Lattes Hiking Guides will provide you with days of enjoyment.
“She shows readers how to navigate local trails, including the Bruce Trail and the Trans Canada Trail, without having to backtrack or arrange to leave a car at a hike’s endpoint.”
In the Hills magazine
“It’s like carrying around your own set of historical plaques — only much lighter.”
Sarah Harmer, singer/songwriter
“If you want to explore the hiking trails of southern Ontario with a latte in hand, pick up Nicola Ross’s new book.”
The Toronto Star
“You inspired me at 72 to have my first ever year of winter hiking, which has been a Godsend this pandemic year! Just wonderful.”
“Loops & Lattes is such a catchy title for your books and it’s useful that you describe local restaurants and points of interest near the trails.”
About the Author
A hometown girl, NICOLA ROSS is part of Caledon’s landscape. Years spent hiking local trails, wandering down country roads and exploring villages prompted her to start the Caledon Countryside Alliance to help protect the area from urban sprawl. A columnist with In The Hills magazine for almost two decades and the award-winning author of five books including Caledon and Dufferin County, Nicola lends her knowledge of Caledon’s past and present to her familiarity with the trails that crisscross its dramatic landscape.